rsssmb IDC RSS alerts Worldwide SMB IT Spending to Top $676 Billion in 2021, Driven by Software and Services Growth, According to IDC The new IDC Worldwide Semiannual Small and Medium Business Spending Guide forecasts total IT spending by small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) will approach $568 billion in 2017. Research Press Release Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT 国内SMB IT市場 チャネル別予測、2017年~2021年 <P>本調査レポートは、国内SMB IT市場(ハードウェア、パッケージソフトウェアのみ)の販売チャネル別支出額について2016年の実績および2017年~2021年の予測を行っている。各地域においてSIerの取引の割合が高まっており、今後もベンダー直販、販売代理店からSIerへのシフトの加速が見込まれる。また、ハードウェアの低価格化、および需要低迷などの影響によって、SMB向け商材はクラウドなど「第3のプラットフォーム」のシフトが徐々に進むとみている。その一方で、大都市圏以外の地域の販売代理店/SIerでは、「第3のプラットフォーム」を活用したソリューションビジネスへの対応が課題になっている。したがって、「ITサプライヤーは、パートナー企業に対してクラウドを中心とした「第3のプラットフォーム」のソリューション提供を可能にするために、製品、営業、技術などに関する包括的な支援が必要である」とIDC Japan ITスペンディングのリサーチマネージャーである市村 仁は述べている。</P> Market Forecast Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Hitoshi Ichimura Sprint Doubles Down on Small and Medium-Sized Business <P>This IDC Market Note discusses Sprint Business' analyst event held in June 2017. It summarizes IDC's opinion on information presented during the event and highlights key strategic initiatives that Sprint Business is following during its turnaround and transition from traditional transport into a managed solutions provider.</P> Market Note Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jason Blackwell Microsoft 365 Business Designed as Comprehensive Software Solution for SMBs <P>Microsoft 365 Business, which was introduced at Microsoft Inspire, combines Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security in a single package designed for SMB customers. The product’s bundled approach, which is also used in Microsoft 365 Enterprise for large businesses, is designed for ease of acquisition and use.</P> IDC Link Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs Western Europe SMB Confidence Outlook: January–March 2017 <P>This IDC Market Perspective examines the state of Western European SMBs in 1Q17, with a focus on the current economic situation and the level of their business confidence expectations. The analysis focuses on the top 5 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.</P><P>"Western European SMBs are giving positive signals of growth. Vendors should define strategies that can help SMBs to take advantage of this positive moment to guide them toward digital transformation and better use of innovation technologies," said Carla La Croce, research analyst, IDC Customer Insight and Analysis.</P> Market Perspective Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Carla La Croce 2017 U.S. SMB Digital Transformation Paradox <P>This IDC Survey examines U.S. small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and the contradictions between interest and engagement in digital transformation (DX) and the extent to which DX is viewed as an IT spending priority. The share of firms citing DX as an IT spending priority is compared with the share of firms citing IT infrastructure, security, cloud deployment, and business intelligence, with the smallest and largest firms compared with midsize ones. Detail by company size is also provided for DX as a spending priority as well as agreement with the statement that firms are currently upgrading/coordinating technology in keeping with digital transformation.</P><P>The same information is provided for SMBs in 15 industries: agriculture/mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation/communication/warehousing/utilities, banking/finance/securities, insurance/real estate, legal, architecture/engineering, healthcare and social assistance, education, wholesale trade, retail trade, other professional/scientific/technical/accounting services, other business services, and other consumer services/arts entertainment/accommodations/food services.</P><P>This Survey concludes with an examination of attitudes and engagement regarding DX in five SMB attitude clusters: SMB 2.0, SMB 1.5 Fast Followers, Pragmatic Hands On, Middle of Road Worriers, and IT Indifferent firms.</P><P>In addition to profiling total SBs (firms with <100 employees) and MBs (firms with 100–999 employees), additional detail is provided for firms with <5 employees and 50–99 employees. The results are drawn from IDC's <I>U</I><I>.</I><I>S</I><I>.</I><I> SMB </I><I>S</I><I>urvey</I> conducted in 1Q17 with 730 respondents.</P> IDC Survey Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs Canadian Small and Medium-Sized Business ICT Forecast, 2017–2021 <P>This IDC study examines the market size and forecast for the small and medium-sized business market in Canada using the spring 2017 update. For the purpose of this document and for the document series in general, the SMB market is defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The document inspects SMB spending for IT products and services:</P><UL><LI>Hardware</LI><LI>Software</LI><LI>IT services</LI><LI>Telecom services</LI></UL><P>The SMB market continues to be a difficult challenge for many providers as the range of IT and telecom requirements is significant and buying and sourcing preferences can be very basic and unsophisticated.</P><P>"The SMB market is shifting toward a software and services delivery model, and this will continue to have an increasingly negative effect on the requirements for hardware and telecom services. SMBs in Canada will increasingly rely on 3rd Platform solutions and incorporate digital transformation services as a counter to traditional capital expenditures on hardware and telecom offerings and use these channels as alternatives to retail and small VARs," says Jim Westcott, research manager, IT Services.</P> Market Forecast Wed, 05 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jim Westcott 2017 U.S. SMB Tech Buyer Profile: Spending Share by Category, Cloud Impact, LOB Versus IT Influence, Innovate Versus Maintain <P>This IDC Survey profiles U.S. small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and the changing nature of their technology spending. After presenting the "SMB Market Pyramid" with the latest company counts by size category, the relative share of IT spending is examined for four areas: hardware (PCs, tablets, servers, storage, printers/MFPs, smartphones, and networking equipment like hubs/routers/switches); software (applications, PC and networking operating system licenses, and application development, excluding salaries); IT services (third-party services including maintenance/support, business process outsourcing, and application development); and cloud services (software as a service or infrastructure like PaaS or IaaS from a third party or hosted on private cloud). In addition, the share of cloud services spending is broken out by three categories: software as a service (applications or SaaS), infrastructure as a service (like online storage or servers), and platform as a service (for application test/development, deployment, and middleware).</P><P>The share of total IT spending devoted to maintaining/supporting current business operations/practices is compared with the share devoted to innovation and the expansion of capabilities. In addition to the current spending shares, the shares expected in two years are also presented.</P><P>The relative influence on IT spending by line of business executives (LOBs) and IT departments is then compared: to what extent is one group primary, one group secondary, one group not involved, or both groups equally involved. The presence of full-time IT staff is also examined.</P><P>This Survey concludes with an examination of the growing role of millennials with comparisons between 2016 and 2017. The growing share of millennials in senior management in SBs and MBs is presented in contrast with the changing share of millennials among total workers over the same time span. </P><P>In addition to profiling total SBs (firms with <100 employees) and MBs (firms with 100-999 employees), additional detail is provided for firms with 50-99 employees. The results are drawn from IDC's <I>U</I><I>.</I><I>S</I><I>.</I><I> SMB </I><I>S</I><I>urvey</I> conducted in 1Q17 with 730 respondents.</P> IDC Survey Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs European SMBs' IT Spending Priorities: Where are SMBs Along the Innovation Path? <P>This IDC Web Conference looks at our most recent European Vertical Markets Survey, which shows how small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are reacting to years of uncertainty. They are more optimistic about business prospects, and if SMBs have been silent over recent years, they are now responding with an increasing usage of IT budgets to innovate and upgrade. As the adoption of disruptive technologies and 3rd Platform solutions becomes more informed and mature, these organizations slowly embrace digital transformation as a means to reach new innovation levels. </P><P>In this IDC Web Conference, Mike Glennon and Carla La Croce from the European Industry Solutions team will cover the following topics:</P><UL><LI>Business priorities for SMBs</LI><LI>SMB business expectations</LI><LI>IT budget expectations for 2017</LI><LI>How SMBs approach Innovation Accelerators (Internet of Things or IoT, augmented reality and virtual reality or AR/VR, cognitive, 3D printing, robotics)</LI><LI>SMB adoption of the four pillars of the 3rd Platform (cloud, social, Big Data, and mobility)</LI></UL> Web Conference: Tech Buyer Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Mike Glennon, Carla La Croce Top SMB IT Spending Priorities for the Next 12 Months <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight examines U.S. small and midsize business (SMB) IT spending priorities for the next 12 months. A variety of traditional "2nd Platform" technologies (PCs, servers, and storage) and "3rd Platform" technologies (mobile, cloud, and business intelligence/analytics) are examined. Security is examined from both the traditional network security/security management and the 3rd Platform "next gen" security perspectives, with comprehensive data security across platforms (mobile, cloud, network, and endpoint) including encryption, threat detection, and remediation.</P><P>In addition to looking at spending priorities for total small businesses (SBs; firms with <100 employees) and midsize businesses (MBs; firms with 100–999 employees), additional detail is provided for the smallest firms (VSBs with <5 employees) and the largest small businesses (firms with 50–99 employees). Results are drawn from IDC's <I>U</I><I>.</I><I>S</I><I>.</I><I> SMB </I><I>S</I><I>urvey</I> conducted in 1Q17 with 730 respondents.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs